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It is never too late to enjoy a bit of summer in Brighton. Soak up some sun and sea breeze! Entertainment in the elegant Victorian city is plenty. For those who tire easily, we have selected some outstanding ideas for a day trip from Brighton. Bring some variety into your holiday, and explore the hidden gems of the delightful Sussex countryside. 

Brighton from air
Brighton from air

Be active

Scenic Brighton coastline is a joy to discover by bike, especially if it is an electric mountain bike. Give your day a fresh start, mount your bike and cycle along the seafront. A great route to explore is via the famous British Airways i360 tower and Brighton Marina. Follow the flat and easy route of the Undercliffs, or take the coastal cliff trail for experienced riders.

Are you a comfortable cyclist? Climb the cliff tops and you will be rewarded by the most amazing panorama of the Sussex coastline. Cycling lanes go side by side with an adventurous off-road trail. This day trip along the Brighton cycling trail will make your stay complete.

For a longer day trip from Brighton, take your bike to the Devils Dyke. This is a national park in Sussex famous for its V-shaped valley, the largest of its kind in the UK. It takes you to the 700-foot high hilltop named the Dyke Hill. Climb the hill to enjoy the unrivalled beauty of the sea views and the panorama of the North Downs. Catch a refreshing break in one of the local pubs afterwards.

Be stylish 

Do you enjoy the tame side of nature? Then you will be very delighted by this day trip from Brighton. Especially, if you go to the beautiful Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens park. This stunning garden has recently reopened its doors and invites you to admire its ancient gardens. The park’s vast green spaces and a varied collection of flora and wild fauna. This is an important part of the local history and heritage. Visitors can try their luck! Aim to find foxes and rabbits, badgers and weasels here, and even the famous local wallabies! 

Be classy

After a long walk, retreat to Leonardslee House. Indulge yourself in a wine tasting of the produce of the house’s sister property in Walker Bay in South Africa. The restaurant of the estate is an attraction in itself. The restaurant was also awarded a Michelin star for its consistent quality and the chef’s creativity. Do you want fresh and locally sourced ingredients? Well, this is the place to go to, seasonally inspired dishes all combined by the chef. The balanced blend of refreshing outdoors and a delightful meal is an amazing experience. It makes Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens a perfect idea for a day trip from Brighton.

Be foodie

For a taste of something even more exotic, head for Henry’s Marani for a tasting session on Georgian wines. Georgian cuisine and wines are conquering the hearts of foodies all over Europe now. Enjoy this new experience on your day trip from Brighton, Henry’s Marani is only 10 miles away from the city. You can do a tasting session that includes both wines that are brought in directly from Georgia and locally made English wines from Sussex. All are responsibly sourced with the utmost respect for the environment. 

Be a wine connoisseur

Are you happy to drive a little bit farther on your day trip from Brighton? A visit to the Stopham vineyard will make you rediscover the English countryside. You will look at its potential from a new perspective. Exquisite English wines are made from locally grown grapes only 30 miles away from Brighton. Both sparkling and still wines are elaborated in the midsts of the beauty of the South Downs National Park. The wine-making process is sustainable in every stage. It really shows in the supreme quality of local wines you can taste on the spot. You can also take it home as the most unexpected souvenir from Sussex. 

People toasting with wine.
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Be green

The most usual setting for a picnic on your day trip from Brighton is the Rampion Wind Farm. Here we have a beautiful farm just off the coast of Sussex. Take a close look at the gigantic offshore turbines of the largest UK windmill farm. Float past on a fast motorboat and marvel at the impressive industrial project that may transform life in the county. The excursion usually starts early in the morning and is likely to take up half of your day.

Be a chef

Your visit to Brighton will be incomplete without a day fishing trip from Brighton Marina. Sea fishing is equally exciting as a family experience or a corporate team-building activity. Fishing trips tend to start either at dawn or around the early afternoon. In the summer months, you can enjoy a twilight fishing experience around late pm. In four hours out in the sea you will be able to catch a variety of native fish. Then take it to one of the coastline restaurants to cook it under the supervision of experienced chefs.

Be adventurous

Bring in adventure to your visit to Brighton by heading for some water sports in the Seven Sisters National Park. Canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and rafting are available for daring travellers for families and party groups. Corporate away days anywhere on the coastline between Eastbourne and Seaford. Do not hesitate to ask for tuition if you are not a confident user of kayaks or paddleboards. 

Be chilled

Add a relaxing touch to your day trip from Brighton at one of the longest and loveliest English beaches. Camber Sands is a beach where you can view a 5-mile-long beach covered in natural golden sand. It is home to the only natural dunes in East Sussex. Around 50 miles away from the city, but the day out on the beach is worth every mile you drive to it. 

Brighton beach
Brighton beach – unsplash

More importantly, whatever you choose to do for your day trip from Brighton, be sure to choose the most comfortable accommodation for you. Browse our serviced apartments in Brighton for your utmost convenience.